Two states for a people-and-a-half?
Did Israel require that its peace partner recognize it as a Jewish state? Or did it drop this demand?
IMRA clarifies the matter:
From Cabinet Communique, PM Netanyahu:
We are currently formulating security-diplomatic policy. … I would like to set one thing straight in advance simply because it has been in the media incorrectly today. We insist that the Palestinians – in any diplomatic settlement with us – will recognize the State of Israel as the national state of the Jewish people. The entire international community demands that we recognize the principle of two states for two peoples and we are discovering that this is two states but not for two peoples but two states for one people, or two states for a people-and-a-half. That is to say, there is no doubt that we are being asked to recognize the Palestinian state as the national state for the Palestinian people but there is doubt and not just doubt, it is clear from the quick check that we carried out that the Palestinians have no intention of recognizing the national state of the Jewish People. Of course, this is completely unacceptable. … We reiterate that we have no intention of ruling over the Palestinians. We want for them to rule themselves, except for those powers that could threaten our security and our existence.
Well said. The emphasis is mine.
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